Catholic Charities of San Diego receives SCAN grant for seniors

By City News Service

Catholic Charities of San Diego is one of 11 nonprofits in California to receive a $15,000 donation to provide one-time financial assistance to seniors faced with unexpected expenses, it was announced Monday.

The money comes from SCAN Health Plan, a nonprofit health organization that focuses on seniors.

The funds can be used to pay for transportation, food, housing, adult daycare programs, utility payments, home repairs and adaptive devices such as ramps, bath benches and grab bars.

“All too often, financial challenges stand in the way of seniors receiving the support they need to remain independent and in their own homes as they age,” said Dave Schmidt, chief executive officer of SCAN.

“The establishment of these emergency assistance funds allows us to work directly through locally based organizations to find seniors facing immediate needs and help them and their caregivers get through some tough times,” he said.

SCAN’s funding programs are designed to meet the sudden and immediate needs of the elderly, and fill gaps in community programs.